January 29, 2010 13:39
Subject: Her momma is dead
We are now well into our third day of surgery. We have 12 big cases and several small cases scheduled. We are trying not to do too many cases, but the local hospital is now asking us to take care of more and more people.
That hospital has stayed at 200% normal patient count, and they are admitting 10-15 patients a day as more people leave Port au Prince. Many are trauma patients who require surgical care.
We cared for a 12-year-old girl with a femur fracture. As she was waking up from her procedure she was calling for her momma, a term recognizable in most any language.
The response, which we have heard before, was "Her momma is dead."
We returned this young lady to a living grandmother.
DSS: I made some minor edits for phrasing and abreviations